Ideas start here
SOBO District is an area rich in commercial and cultural heritage. Linking the Liffey, Grand Canal Basin and Pearse Station it played a key role in the evolution of Dublin’s distillery, gasworks and ironworks sectors (many of the Tonge & Taggart manhole covers forged here are in use on our streets to this day). A Victorian centre of industry, the area resounded night and day with the sounds of enterprise.
Fast forward to the 20th century and industrial workers were replaced by musicians and creatives, drawn by the reputation of the legendary Windmill Lane studios. The Joshua Tree album recorded here by U2 would go on to play an important part in Ireland’s elevation to the global stage. Now, SOBO District is at the heart of Dublin’s digital and fintech revolution, attracting companies like Three and Verizon and bounded by businesses like Facebook and Google, Grant Thornton and Citibank.
SOBO District: The Next Chapter
SOBO District is enjoying a new lease of life. The Beckett and O’Casey bridges and the Liffey walkways have totally opened up the area creating a day-long buzz. Leading businesses are settling here, drawn by the area’s connectivity, character and contemporary edge.
Ambitious new developments will further reenergise the area in the next 2 years, providing high-spec workspace and artisan amenities for thousands of new employees. Windmill Lane will be transformed into a vibrant social hub, a welcoming green space at the epicentre of the revitalised district.